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  • House Dems ask pope to address poor, environment in US visit
    Associated Press | September 03, 2015 2:45 pm
    House Democrats are pushing Pope Francis to address the minimum wage, hunger and the environment in his historic speech to Congress later this month, hoping his embrace will give momentum to three party priorities.
  • Democratic support piles up for Iran nuclear deal in Senate
    Associated Press | September 03, 2015 2:36 pm
    Now a done deal, the Iran nuclear agreement gained critical backing from three more Democratic senators Thursday, boosting White House hopes of blocking a disapproval resolution in the Senate so the president won't have to veto it.
  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Polishing senators' images on Wikipedia
    Associated Press | September 03, 2015 2:24 pm
    Now we know how some Senate staffers keep busy during Congress' summer recess.
  • Oklahoma Republican chairman to resign after 5-month term
    Associated Press | September 03, 2015 2:04 pm
    The Oklahoma Republican leader has told party officials that he plans to resign and call for the election of a new chairman after a tumultuous five-month term in which he faced a barrage of criticism for hiring decisions and an offensive Facebook post on the party's official page.
  • Many millennials see themselves as self-absorbed, wasteful
    Associated Press | September 03, 2015 2:04 pm
    Even millennials don't think much of their generation, according to a new poll Thursday.
  • Clinton aides says 2016 bid hurt by email controversy
    Associated Press | September 03, 2015 12:48 pm
    Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to more fully address questions about her use of a private email server as secretary of state starting this month, part of an acknowledgment by her campaign that her presidential bid has been hurt by the heavy focus on the controversy over the summer.
  • First TV ad backing Walker touts fight with unions
    Associated Press | September 03, 2015 11:52 am
    The first television ad designed to bolster Republican Scott Walker's sagging presidential campaign highlights his 2011 struggle with public sector unions, the clash that made him known across the country.
  • US: Military, diplomatic families can leave Turkey base area
    Associated Press | September 03, 2015 9:52 am
    Hundreds of military and diplomatic family members near Incirlik air base in southern Turkey are being told they can leave the country, U.S. officials said Thursday, citing increased worries about security threats in the region.
  • GOP Rep. Kline says he won't seek re-election
    Associated Press | September 03, 2015 9:44 am
    Republican Rep. John Kline, a seven-term lawmaker and chairman of the House Education panel, says he won't seek re-election next year.
  • US services firms expand rapidly, lifted by strong sales
    Associated Press | September 03, 2015 8:32 am
    U.S. services companies expanded at a healthy pace in August, lifted by robust consumer spending resulting from steady job gains.
  • US trade deficit drops to $41.9 billion in July
    Associated Press | September 03, 2015 6:28 am
    The U.S. trade deficit fell in July to the lowest level in five months as exports posted a small gain while imports declined, reflecting a big drop in shipments of consumer goods such as cell phones.
  • Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 282,000
    Associated Press | September 03, 2015 5:40 am
    More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but applications remain at historically near low levels in a positive sign for the U.S. economy amid a broader global slowdown.
  • Bush: "I laughed" at Trump's criticism of speaking Spanish
    Associated Press | September 03, 2015 4:36 am
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says his first reaction was to laugh at rival Donald Trump's criticism of him for speaking Spanish.
  • Candidates seeking Iowa boost look to 99-county tour
    Associated Press | September 03, 2015 12:44 am
    Is it a savvy strategy or a campaign gimmick? Many presidential candidates see a path to success in Iowa by visiting all 99 counties in the leadoff caucus state.
  • Couple in Petraeus-related suit to seek reporters' testimony
    Associated Press | September 03, 2015 12:41 am
    A couple suing over leaks in the federal investigation that led to CIA Director David Petraeus' resignation intend to subpoena at least two journalists in an attempt to compel testimony about their sources, The Associated Press has learned.